Dr. Tedros meets the Bill and Melinda Gates

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Addis Ababa, 24 July 2014 (WIC) - The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Tedros Adhanom met Bill and Melinda Gates, the founders of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and owners of Microsoft Company, on Thursday (July 24).

Dr. Tedros thanked the Foundation for the significant support it has given to the health sector in Ethiopia and that the partnership with the Foundation was highly valuable for the country.

Referring to the effort to eradicate polio, Dr. Tedros pointed out that Ethiopia was cooperating with other countries in the region, especially Somalia, since it was impossible to eradicate Polio unilaterally.

Dr. Tedros said donor contributions remained significant. The changes attributed donations encouraged people to donate further.

Gates, who welcomed Ethiopia’s willingness to cooperate with the foundation, said he had witnessed significant progress in Ethiopian health sector.

Areas for future progress and development, he suggested, included increasing supplies of contraceptives, greater accessibility to pastoralist communities and persuading people of the importance if using the system.

He said the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation  was committed to address these and other problems further in partnership with other stakeholders.(MoFA)